Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts
Student Organizations and Opportunities
Dance Ensemble is open by audition to those students whose dance training has prepared them to meet the demands of stage performance. Students have the opportunity to study with guest artists in master classes, workshops, and residency programs. Performance opportunities range from small events to mainstage productions.
Members of our dance team DAA1681 comprise Raider Rhythms, a select dance ensemble that appears at Raider basketball games in the college arena. Others selected for Dance Line may be featured with the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra or the Soundsations Show Choir performances. Dancers may also join holiday shows and Foundation events where they can gain performance experience. Our program enables dancers to learn and develop technique, and study and evaluate their work and the work of others. They customarily rehearse on Monday and Wednesday afternoons in the Frances Smith Herron Dance Studio. Scholarship funds are available for qualified students who come through a dance audition process. Contact Joe Taylor at 729-6036 or email him at TaylorJ@nwfsc.edu.
Madrigal Singers is a mixed choir whose members are selected by audition. The group specializes in combined a cappella music from the Renaissance Madrigal to modern vocal jazz. Madrigal Singers perform throughout the year at various events including campus and community events, holiday performances with the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, and annual choir concerts. Participation in Madrigal Singers MUN1360 may be supported by Fine and Performing Arts Scholarship funds. Madrigal Singers meets Monday and Wednesday at 11 a.m. in Tyler Recital Hall. Contact Allison Everitt for more information at (850) 729-6071 email@example.com.
"Soundsations" Show Choir is a vocal and dance ensemble comprised of committed students whose superior talent or potential ability is suitable for the rigors of semi-professional show choir training. The group specializes in up-tempo, contemporary entertainment-oriented music ranging from jazz tunes of the 40s to the latest pop tunes, as well as show-stopping selections from Broadway and Hollywood. (Pictured at left is the group in a '60s Revue.) Choreography is incorporated into each performance. Students in Show Choir MUN1340A receive intensive training in vocal performance and dance (students are also enrolled in DAA1680) and appear in numerous productions throughout the year. The show choir is supported in part by NWF State College Foundation scholarships and members are expected to maintain both performance and academic excellence. For more information, contact Joe Taylor at (850) 729-6036 or TaylorJ@nwfsc.edu or the division chair Dr. Jeremy Ribando at Ribandoj@nwfsc.edu.
The 'Soundsations' Show Choir, Mainstage at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center, 2015
Belle Voci or Women's Ensemble is a select vocal group for women who are chosen through the audition process. Music studied is mostly a cappella and standard choral repertoire. High school students interested in furthering vocal talents are encouraged to apply. Women's Ensemble members receive intense training under the direction of Ms. Lois Henry. Women's Ensemble is MUN1310 and meets Tuesday and Thursday at 11 a.m. in Tyler Recital Hall. Vocalists interested in may call Ms. Henry at (850) 729-6009 or email HenryL1@nwfsc.edu.
Musical Theatre produces one Broadway-style musical each year in summer. Sponsored by the Division, the summer musical allows students to participate in every aspect of theater production: musical theater stage performance, set construction, lighting, sound, costume and orchestra. Recent musicals range from classic '50s favorites like Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Oklahoma" to modern operas like "Les Miserables" to the avante-garde "Monty Python's Spamalot." This is a large-scale musical performed on the Mainstage at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center with a live orchestra.
While working in the musical, students can earn theater arts credit in such courses as Rehearsal and Performance (TPP1190) and Musical Theater Dance (DAA1580) depending on their area of participation. Students are also eligible to receive Fine & Performing Arts scholarship support for the summer musical courses. Participation in the summer musical is open by audition to all students and members of the community. Auditions are usually held in April with rehearsals commencing with the start of the college's summer semester.
Musical Theater Workshop is a summer program designed for high school-aged students (ages 13 through college) to introduce them to the world of musical theater. Held each year in June, this intense workshop allows young students to develop skills in the areas of voice, dance, drama while producing a "junior" musical and performing it before a live theater audience. Recent productions include "Beauty and the Beast, Jr" and "Legally Blonde, Jr". Interested students should plan to apply for admission to the college (must meet eligibility requirements for Dual Enrollment) in the spring in order to register for the courses that make up the workshop (THE2820 and DAA1580). There is no scholarship support fo this program and those students not meeting DE requirements will pay tuition fees (4 credits ). This is a fun and intense summer program that runs Monday through Thursday from approximately 8 am to 2 pm for four to five weeks. It concludes with a performance just before the July 4th holiday weekend in the Sprint Theater.
Northwest Florida Symphony Chorale is open by audition to students, staff, and members of the community. The chorus performs major choral compositions during the Fall and Spring Terms of each year and maintains a select membership of auditioned singers. Students can earn college credit for participation in chorale (MUN1390), however, community members are allowed. The chorale performs at local churches and on mainstage with the NFSO and other ensembles doing works such as Handel's 'Messiah'. Solo opportunities are often a feature of the Chorale and original compositions by Professor Lois Henry are sometimes performed. Last year's "Vive La France!" concert showcasing the Chorale included music by a special visiting guest organist. Rehearsals are held on Tuesday nights in Tyler Recital Hall. For more information, contact Lois Henry at 729-6009 or HenryL1@nwfsc.edu.
Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra at NWFSC is open by audition to musicians who have a demonstrable performance skill with an orchestral instrument. The orchestra draws its membership of more than sixty professional musicians from throughout NW Florida and South Alabama. Auditions are generally held in August for the upcoming season. See the NWFSO web page for audition instructions and repertoire information. For more information, contact Jeffrey Rink at 729-6023or Rinkj@nwfsc.edu.
Northwest Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra is open to young people age 13 and up. The youth orchestra is designed to foster musical excellence in young people and to prepare them with performance-level concert experience. Under the direction of Molly Hollingsworth, the NFSYO works closely with the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra. Students in the youth orchestra may participate in non-credit status. The group rehearses Saurday mornings in the Orchestra Hall of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center and performs in at least one concert on mainstage with professional musicians each term. In addition, a strings-only Junior Orchestra is open to grades 4-8. Contact Ms. Hollingsworth for more information.
Rock and Jazz Ensemble plays jazz, big band, and rock in an ensemble setting. It is open by audition to any student instrumentalist who wants to develop professional performance abilities pertinent to the jazz band style. Students must have some experience in high school bands or be playing consistently in other venues. Jazz Band performs at area events and festivals, competes in local competitions, and performs in concert on Mainstage at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center twice per year. Students will earn credits in Rock & Jazz Ensemble (MUN1720A) and may apply for Fine & Performing Arts scholarship coverage. An accompanying lesson in Applied Music for a chosen instrument may also be approved. Rehearsals take place on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons starting at 3:30 p.m. Contact Fred Domulot for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NWFSC Film Club is composed of a group of both students and the public who meet to view films and discuss them. The club incorporates commercial, independent, and foreign films. Film Club meets monthly on Monday nights in the film/art history room (#328) in the Mattie Kelly Arts Center with a social hour, the film screening, and discussion time. Students are encouraged to take Cinema Appreciation THE2071 for an in-depth academic exploration of cinema. Contact Dr. David Simmons at (850) 729-6074 or Simmonsd@nwfsc.edu for more information.
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